Holidays to Yudanaka, Japan

Known for its hot springs (or traditional ‘onsen’), eccentric-looking snow monkeys, authentic cuisine, and rich Japanese cultural heritage and history, Yudanaka is a quaint town that promises the inquisitive traveller a memorable, enriching experience.

You will find that those who have visited the area before affectionately refer to it as the ‘Snow Monkey Town’. The moment you arrive at Yudanaka Station, it’s rather obvious why. These curious creatures can be seen throughout the streets of the town, nestled in the foliage of the surrounds, and can often even be observed taking full advantage of the luxurious ‘onsen’ themselves, especially during the winter months when the air is icy and the ground coated with soft, wispy snow.

Most travellers treat Yudanaka as a short-term stop-off when back-packing through Japan. The abundant hot springs offer the perfect opportunity for some well-deserved rejuvenation, rest and relaxation before embarking on more thrilling adventures on the trip. If the locals are to be believed, these lavish, natural baths are said to possess incredible healing properties, too.

If, after a dip in the ‘onsen’ you’re in the mood for something satisfying, rest assured that Yudanaka won’t disappoint when it comes to tantalising the taste-buds with traditional Japanese delicacies. If it’s lip-smacking sushi that you’re craving, you’ll find it at a number of different stylish restaurants across the road from the station. From classic sashimi to hearty, filling rice bowls, there’s sure to be something on offer for everyone. The good news is that the establishments are tourist-friendly, so there'll be a few English menus available for those who don’t know much Japanese beyond ‘Konnichiwa’.

Ultimately, whether you’re there for the snow monkeys, the food or the unforgettable ‘onsen’ experience, you’re sure to savour every second of the time that you spend in Yudanaka, and will no doubt think of it fondly as a special highlight of your trip to Japan.



  • Refresh your mind and body in the hot springs

  • Observe the curious snow monkeys throughout the town

  • Indulge in authentic Japanese cuisine at its finest

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Yudanaka trip ideas

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Things to do in Yudanaka

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